High Notes, Vol 5 No 20, June 25 2004
From the Principal
Strategic Planning Committee
School Athletics carnival
Judgement at Joeys
hard match our 15As came up against their strongest competition this year. Once our boys discovered the opposition were only human, they got stuck right in and acquitted themselves very well. The forwards acquitted themselves very well and the backs supported each other in defence to limit the Joeys scoring opportunities. The final score did not reflect the quality of the game. A thirty point margin at Joeys is very respectable work. Our boys took away a lot of pride from the encounter. In first grade the first twenty minutes were played hard and tight in the forwards. In the stands the spectators were surprised and impressed by the stubborn resistance and competitive attitude of our team. Joeys finally broke the shackles and scored out wide. Despite being down by 19 points at half time, the High team had done a fine job. A couple of runaway tries at the very beginning of the second half sealed the game for Joeys. Thereafter they spread the ball wide and backed up to score several more tries against a tiring but gallant defence. The highlight of the first half was a solo blind side try from 25 metres by Drew Hoare. I was informed that he is the first High player since 1997 to score a try against Joeys - what a great effort!
Third grade soccer had an impressive 3-1 win over Joeys. Second grade was a see-sawing affair with neither side able to gain the ascendancy. The pitch has improved and was not a factor in the game. Despite some skilful play and sharp running, our finishers could not quite get their passes and crosses to find their targets at critical moments. In the end a draw was a fair result. Joeys first grade was a well drilled outfit. The team came out to play soccer rather than the usual Joeys out-run out-muscle tactics. The contest in the air was indecisive, with a swirling west-south westerly making judgement difficult. Fierce defence resulted in several yellow cards being given. High lost a man with 15 minutes to go and went a goal down after a defensive error. The second half was a much better effort from High. The 10 men gradually got on top of Joeys in the break out and were rewarded with an equaliser. Joeys responded with some good chances. High missed a penalty. It was a drama charged period of football. Again, I felt that a draw was a fair reflection of the game, with neither side controlling in attack.
The Reporting Process
2004 ESL Annual Survey
This monster task is on again, but this year there is a new definition of "Language Background Other than English": "A student from a language background other than English is one who speaks a language other than English in the home OR whose mother/guardian or father/guardian speak(s) a language other than English in the home." Consequently, I have to conduct a quick survey of the school to collect accurate data as earlier data reflected the old, wider definition. You can expect some drop in the LBOTE component of the school as a result.
Fun and/or Profit
Internet Use (following from the last Welfare Committee meeting)
"Although you may not realise it, when you launch yourself into cyberspace for the first time you are not simply learning about technology, you are about to experience the culture of the Internet. But just because the net is a new culture it doesn't mean that you can leave your manners at home in real time.
"Anytime you join a new organization, start a new school, or begin a new job, you expect to spend some time working out the culture of your new place, and cyberspace is no different. It has its own myths, its own set of rules, its own history, that's all part of the fascination.
"And just like everywhere else, on the net good manners and consideration for other make for a more pleasant time for all. As a newbie it is up to you to work out the rules. Luckily there are many guides, like this one, on becoming a good netizen of cyberspace."
That is the introduction to a Victorian Department of Education site http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/internet/netiquet.htm on Netiquette - A Whole New Culture, which I strongly commend to everyone. Those with a desire for depth on some very relevant issues may also like to visit http://www.netsafe.org.nz/downloads/conference/netsafepapers_grahambassett_duty.pdf "A school's duty of care for students to whom it gives access to cyberspace" by Graham Bassett BA Dip Ed M InfoTech LLB (Hons).
The internet is not a toy. It involves various responsibilities. For example, anything published on the net is PUBLISHED: that is, you must take care that what you write is something you are happy to be held accountable for.
The guest book on the Communities and ESL site has a filter, so that nothing can appear in public until I have vetted it. I try to be as liberal as possible, and rarely have received anything truly objectionable. The down side is that there may be a delay of a few days if you ask me a question, but I have resolved to check the guest book every two days to minimise this. Last week a student with a good question had to wait four days -- sorry! Your questions can be asked anonymously.
The email address for that site is protected by a script which so far has kept spam away. Any mail to the site is stored in case at some time in the future someone wants to review it. Anonymous mail is ignored; of course by definition such mail cannot be answered any way.
Please make use of the two means of feedback the site gives you. Or see me in person.
I take responsibility for any content I write myself for this site. Links to outside sites are
always checked, but I take no responsibility for their accuracy or content, except so far as
anything really useless or offensive is unlikely to be mentioned on the Communities site!
From the Library
The Library has just been examining its statistics to see whether the $10 deposit for the use of the Senior Study has made any difference to Library usage and borrowing.
The short answer is "not a lot". Last year's average daily Library usage was 820 users per day. This year's average is 832 users per day. Last year's loans for the same period were 9409, including computer loans. This year the library has loaned 10113 items including computer loans.
One interesting point about all of this is that it is obvious that as many Seniors chose to use the Library to study last year even when they had a less expensive choice of using the Senior Study.
The second interesting point is that Library loans appear to be bottoming out. Since 2001 Library loans have been climbing by quite large amounts. Now it appears we have as many users as we are going to get.
Student loans 2001 - 4680
Notice to good readers - We bought our Fiction late this year and many new books are making it to the shelves right now. Keep an eye on the new book shelves and use the new fiction 2004 list and the new wide reading 2004 list on the catalogue computer to choose the newest additions. You are very welcome to ask any of the Library staff to print out one of these for you to keep to chase books.
The Premier's Reading Challenge - The Library encourages any student who are interested in entering this challenge to ask us to sign your entry forms to say that you have borrowed the requisite 20 books.
MS Readathon Would students putting in entries for this charity readathon please take your
entry forms directly to the office where they will be mailed for you.
More new books coming onto the shelves next week!!
Just in time for holiday borrowing we are putting lots of new books out onto the new book shelves.
Some favourite authors have been topped up - Robin Hobbs fans may like Fool's Tale,
Isabelle Carmody - The Winter Door, several Phillip Pullmans including The Tin
Princess and Tiger in the Well, several John Marsdens - including The Ellie
Chronicles, Grim Tuesday - Garth Nix, the new Booker prize winner - Vernon God
Little by Australian author, DBC Pierre, the replacement of Eoin Colfer's Benny &
Omar, James Maloney's Book of Lies, Kate Forsyth - several (as requested) including
The Skull of the World, Terry Brooks, Jarka Ruus, several Anthony Horowitz's as
requested including Groosham Grange, Terry Pratchett - The Amazing Maurice, Kate
Grenville - Bearded Ladies and Celia Dart Thornton - The Battle of Evernight and
plenty of others.
From the Archives
Old Boys Contact and rare copy of the Record
Australia and Sydney Boys High certainly have some sons in significant positions in the world. We were delighted to receive the following from Lord May of Oxford last week.
Professor Herbert Huppert FRS, Chair of the Royal Society working group on detecting and decontaminating chemical and biological agents.
Detecting the malicious release of a chemical or biological agent against civilian targets such as key landmarks, transport hubs and strategic facilities and subsequently decontaminating the affected people or buildings involve many technical and organisational challenges. During the production of this report it became clear that there is considerable expertise in the UK to deal with these challenges. This expertise is spread across local and national Government, emergency services, the military, academia and industry. It was also clear that this expertise is not currently being fully exploited to the country's best advantage. Consequently, the working group paid particular attention to how this expertise can be better utilised, recommending that a new centre is established to co ordinate and direct the necessary research, evaluation and information sharing.
There are many researchers working in areas that could provide valuable new technologies and equipment for detection and decontamination who are not aware of the potential of their work, and are not used to working on security or military related projects. One aim of this report is to raise awareness amongst the wider scientific community of this potential, so that the country can benefit from it.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed evidence to the working group, which forms the basis for the report, the members of the working group, who contributed their own expertise and considered the evidence so carefully, and the secretariat who worked so diligently to bring the report together.
Lord May of Oxford OM AC Kt PRS, President of the Royal Society.
The Royal Society has a long standing interest in countering the threat from biological weapons. This report highlights the valuable contribution that a wide range of scientific disciplines can add in making the UK safer from the threat of a malicious release of a chemical or biological agent.
The political and security climate has changed since we published our previous report on biological weapons in July 2000. However, science, engineering and technology continue to play a vital role in reducing the threat of chemical or biological agents, or minimising the negative impact if the worst does happen.
I am grateful to Professor Huppert, the members of the working group and the secretariat for their efforts in producing this thoughtful and informative report.
I recommend this report to local, national and international policy makers, researchers working in areas that could be applied to detection and decontamination, and to emergency services staff.
After our email of acknowledgement Lord May sent us some very interesting information about the
numbers of Lennie Basser's (obviously a very successful former High Science teacher) ex-students
who are members of the Royal Society. He is sure that 7 or 8 Old Boys have been elected to the
Thanks to Arthur George Chapman's love of Sydney Boys High his wife has had the thoughtfulness to send us these valuable documents.
Some of the aspects of Sydney Boys High in 1933 are a real inspiration to us today. For example
they had a 94.7% average daily attendance rate. The OBU was raising money to put dressing sheds
in on the McKay Oval in Centennial Park. The school produced an annual play, "Thark" and another
play and 600 attended the Jubilee Ball.
Our Archives are proving valuable in the research for books and even University Architecture Assignments. In the last week Dr Tracy Rockwell from the Faculty of Education and Social Work has spent a morning researching Water Polo and the history of the CHS for a book which she may get together in the next few years and one of our ex-students has spent 3-4 days researching our historic school buildings.
We now have three seniors who have volunteered to work in the Archives until an Archivist is
again employed. So anyone who needs Archival Displays for reunions please let the office
From the Rugby Master's desk:
It was an interesting day's rugby at Hunter's Hill last Saturday. One has to admire the pace at which St Josephs plays the game, punishing the smallest error made by the opposition for maximum reward. A familiar sight for their 1st XV supporters, I'm sure. Not so familiar would have been the sight of their team on the back foot, under pressure, making mistakes in the face of a committed, physical opponent. This was the case in the first 20 minutes of the 1st grade game. Congratulations to Drew Hoare (GPS rep) and his courageous team. Again the 1st XV match was a source of pride for all the High supporters.
Congratulations also to the 14Bs and 14Cs who won their respective matches as well as the 15Cs who were impressive in their first match of the season. To the 13As who had their first loss of the season, sometimes we learn the more important lessons from our losses than our wins. To the 14As the message, from those who have watched you play this year, hang in there as that elusive victory is very close. Have faith in your enormous talent. I saw a glimpse of that talent from Frank Jin on Saturday. Special players have thought, courage and skill. That is, the ability to think of what should be done, the courage to do it and the skill to make it work. In the 14As match a Joeys winger made a break on the halfway line. Everyone from both sides didn't think to chase him, expecting a try to be scored. Everyone except Frank. He turned, chased and caught the winger on the 5m line. As good Joeys players do, he laid the ball back for his supports. Frank got to his feet first, claimed the ball, beat one defender then kicked the ball out over the 25m line. Thought, courage and skill.
For the record our results v. St Josephs were:
To all players, enjoy the next few weeks off. I hope you return after the holidays well rested and eager to take up the challenges of the remaining GPS matches. Finally a pair of boots (Adidas size 8-9, excellent cond.) has been donated by Andrew Lim 13Bs, enquiries to Mr Stein. Thank you Andrew.
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GPS Volleyball Report 19th June
GPS Champions!! The win over a revitalised Newington team, gives Sydney High 3rd Grade the Championship (for the third grade)!!!. We hope that the other grades will be able to live up to this fine standard.
As this goes to press, the First Grade are playing in the CHS Knockout Finals at Olympic Park. They moved into the final eight with a win against Glen Innes. Unfortunately Westfields have stopped High getting to the final four.
A source reports that High has a win against Temora, and they have a shot at coming 5th. More news on this next week. Stay tuned!
Third Grade Report
With Newington deciding to hold the 2nd and 3rd grade matches at the same time it meant Mr Kay was given the privilege of coaching the 2nds while Mr Parker rallied the 3rds. As usual High began the first set strongly aided by the team's excellent serving by the likes of Kong, Ed and Hughoce. However, High was surprised after a few rallies to see Newington had a refurbished side which had drastically improved in their passing and hitting. Seeing Newington throw down the gauntlet in the first set, High lifted their game with GPS (global positioning satellite) guided spikes by Phillip Yang and Kenny Huang, hence taking the set comfortably.
The second set saw the standard of the game once again lift. With warmed shoulders from the first set, David Dou, Clement Lau and Sheng Zhang were able to punish Newington from perfect sets by Ed Leong and Hughoce Feng. Hughoce also showed Newington how Jump Serves were really done. With the team at its best High easily took out the set.
The third set saw Mr Kay, still filling in for Mr Parker, placing the troops in a new attack formation to confuse the opposing side. With one setter and 5 potential hitters, Newington would have been annihilated if not for some points won due to confusion among High's own team relating to the new formation. Nonetheless Libero Sam Chhor (who was now playing outside hitter) and the rest of the team accustomed themselves to the new formation and won the set.
Overall, 2nd grade played a strong game. Practising the new formation at school will be
interesting, as it will mean High will have an even stronger team with more combos to run in
game. This should produce the strongest 2nd grade volleyball team ever seen in GPS history.
As usual SHS got off to a shaky start. However, we still managed to take the first set. In this set, Newington managed some competent spikes. This was due to the lower net height. Some excellent hitting from Yaegan Doran assured us the set 25-16.
Some bad serving from High gave Newington some hope of taking the second set. However, High again managed to take this set 25-18, due to hard and accurate hitting from Terry Ly. Halfway into the set, Yaegan was forced to do a spectacular dive to keep the ball in play. The dive really impressed two of the Newington substitutes as they had obviously never seen anything like it before.
By the third set, High had truly broken Newington's spirit and easily took it 25-6. Mr Kay decided to try out Anisul Islam as a libero player, coming in for Karl Kruszelnicki in the backcourt. This turned out to be a good decision as Anisul managed some spectacular saves. Our serving, which had been poor in the early stages, picked up in the last set, as indicated by our final score. Jump serves went in from all five of our serve specialists, Terry, Yaegan, Robert Lu, Victor Nguyen and Fahmy Balgahom.
This match was our last practice session with the CHS finals coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday
The Onion Bag
Joeys v High
2nd Grade 0-0
In very blustery conditions High 2XI went out to wipe out the memory of last weeks disastrous performance against Scots. Missing key players Michna Popescu and Gantheepan it was a new midfield that took to the field and dominated early exchanges.
High's possession was good and with Jongha leading the line with his tireless running 2XI had the better of the opening 15 minutes. Joeys looked strong on the break especially down the left but High certainly enjoyed most of the first half creating a number of chances which were thwarted by a very well drilled Joeys defence.
The second half became more and more even with both sides counter attacking but High were forced to play much of the ball in their own half due to the wind which made clearing the lines difficult. It was good to see 2XI fighting for all possession and passing the ball around with confidence the result was probably a fair one especially considering the effect of the wind in the second half.
1st Grade Drew 1-1
High started well passing the ball around on an excellent surface until in the fifteenth minute Sen Mitsuji was dismissed from the field for a second yellow card offence for a late tackle. The first was awarded for the rush of blood that led to Sen throwing the ball away after being fouled.
With the man down and High hoping to hang on til half time Matt Shiner in the High goal spilt a cross into the path of a Joeys striker who accepted the gift happily.
At half time High were reorganised and told to fight for each other everywhere on the field and that is exactly what they did against a numerically stronger Joeys. High began to create chances and when Dominic Byrne slotted in from six yards the Joeys contingent went quiet. The game then went from end to end with Phillip Zhang using his pace to get behind the Joeys defence time and time again until they were forced to push him in the back and we were awarded a penalty. Ali Alsamail stood up and struck the penalty well but the keeper dived across to his right and kept the ball out. Joeys had a couple of good chances straight after this drawing at least one top class save from Shiner in the High goal. The game continued at a frantic pace but neither side could find the winner. High should feel proud of the way they acquitted themselves despite being the man down for most of the game and Joeys will certainly see it as a game they should have won.
With the other results making the premiership look like a two horse race 1stgrade are in an interesting position having to play the top three in their final four games.
GPS Results Round three
Congratulations to our GPS representatives for 2004
Quote of the Week
George scored two powerful goals in the second half and Josh added the sixth to bring the score to 6-0.
Man of the match is goalkeeper Nathan who has kept a clean sheet in the last two games.
Once again, the boys played a very fast and attractive game of soccer.
16D L 0-2
The second half proved a much better effort as some positional changes proved extremely effective. High was able to dominate the entire second half. Andrew and Tony Chong made several breaks through the middle, and Lun kept probing down the flanks. We were unable to convert our half dozen half chances in front of goal however and conceded a frustrating goal when the ball was chipped over our keeper who had run out to try close the gap on a run.
5th Grade Match Report 19/06/04
High showed their class right from the kick-off, slipping into a slick passing game. The ball-starved Joeys launched rash tackles, resulting in their own man injuring himself. Despite High's attempt at fair play, the opposition displayed immense confusion at this concept and the referee told High not to bother. More clumsy tackles ensued, resulting in a free kick 35 yards out. Robert Zhou stepped up to produce an absolute peach, curling the long-range effort around the wall and under the bar to put High in the driving seat.
High piled on the pressure and another set-piece led to the second goal. High won a corner and keeper Jason Kok ventured into the Joeys box in a desperate attempt to be involved. Controversial midfielder Tony Lei crossed for Peter Loi to glance home a header from a seemingly impossible angle. Our keeper's presence must have been keenly felt.
With halftime approaching, star striker Willie Zhu was brought down at the edge of the box only for Robert to crash the resulting free-kick against the post much to the relief of Joeys' despairing coach.
The second half began with the conditions deteriorating rapidly. However, our talismanic No 9 was
not to be denied. Willie Zhu received a pinpoint through-ball and drilled home the final nail in
Joeys' coffin. The goal revitalised High as Captain Leung and Ilya Zvedeniouk displayed some much
appreciated tricks and flicks before the ref's whistle ended Joeys' hopes of a possible
In the second half the ball hardly ever crossed the halfway line due to High's solid backline defence. With excellent crosses from Alistair Taylor, Daniel Campion and Ivan Cercina, High bagged three more: Tom Lindeback 2 and Daniel Chiu 1. Thanks to Jeremy Ireland from the 13As for helping us. The boys played very well and deserved their win.
Golden Boot and Golden Glove
Standings are as follows and it is funny to see Alistair failed to add to his tally in the 6-0 win for the 14As but it is understood his assists in this game would have easily made up for it.
Sydney Boys High Cricket
For the information of all cricketers and those contemplating playing the great game in Term 4. (2004) and Term 1 (2005). The cricket Website www.sydneyboyscricket.info is now updated with the proposed pre-season selection dates, clinics and courses listed for players and proposed meeting dates for the Cricket Committee and parents. Click on "Calendar" and "High Notes" for current information.
All teams will be subject to selection trials from the 1st XI to the Under 13 teams and players will also have options to consider in respect to participating in teams.
All players nominating cricket as their summer sport will have the opportunity to participate in either the Trans Harbour Competition for Years 7 to 9 conducted from 3:45pm to 5:45pm on Tuesdays after school hours, or the GPS Groups A & B Competitions on Saturdays. Players will be able to play in one or the other of the competitions with preference given to players not competing in GPS teams to play in Trans Harbour teams and ensure all young cricketers enjoy a recreational activity and enjoy their sport. All GPS Group A & B cricketers who qualify in the Trans Harbour age groups can also seek selection in vacant positions in Trans Harbour teams.
All teams will be "age teams" to ensure players train and play on an even playing field throughout the season, as well as assisting in achieving balanced teams.
The YEAR 8 Trans Harbour Trophy - won by us in 2003, (to which the YEAR 9 Trophy should have been added this year) was won by another school. It is now required to be returned to the successful YEAR 8 team!! Just one problem - we are having trouble locating the trophy, which was last seen at the 2003 Cricket Dinner. Would the captain of this season's Year 9 team contact me to assist in locating the trophy, so that we can exchange it for the YEAR 7 trophy which they have and we won this year.
Parking Dates - the dates we are allocated are important to the cricket community in large. We have budgeted for covers, portable nets, country tours, trophies and our Cricket Dinner but we cannot achieve this without parent and senior students' assistance. Mrs. Katharine Deacon has taken the vacant role as our Parking Coordinator and I wish to express our thanks on behalf of the Cricket Committee. I would like to see a few more volunteers assisting to support the regular group who always come to our aid. One parking duty per season from many is better than half a dozen regulars doing all.
The Fairland Pavilion - situated in a relaxing location surrounded by well-kept grounds in
Centennial Park has been upgraded to cater for a variety of social, commercial and professional
functions. The Pavilion has kitchen facilities, function room, showers and change rooms as well
as an ideal outside setting. A discounted Special Hire rate has been made available to parent
groups within the school. Should you have a family party planned or family get-together, this is
an ideal setting and location. Bookings are now available and can be made by phoning Mobile 0417
457 156 for further information and costs. Christmas bookings are now being taken and current
indications are that all dates will be reserved by the end of July. Don't miss out, book
University of New South Wales School of Psychology
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The Years 11 and 12 student body will then vote. The student awarded the Old Boys Prize receives the Prize at Speech Night.
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Old Boys Prize
Awarded since 1902 to the boy who was "not necessarily first in sport, not necessarily first in scholarship, but certainly first in the hearts of his fellows."
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